What is shoulder replacement surgery?
Shoulder replacement surgery involves removal of damaged parts of the shoulder replacing it with artificial components, called a prosthesis. The procedure includes either the replacement of the head of the ball (humerus bone) or replacement of both the ball and the socket (glenoid).
Why a shoulder replacement surgery is needed?
There are several diseases that cause pain and deformation in the shoulder that might require its replacement if the condition doesn’t improve by noninvasive measures. Some of the conditions include; Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease), Rheumatoid Arthritis (inflammation of synovial membrane), Post-traumatic Arthritis (due to fracture), Rotator Cuff Tear Arthropathy, Osteonecrosis(destruction of bone due to loss of blood supply) and Severe Fractures
How long does it take to complete a shoulder replacement surgery procedure?
The surgery to replace the shoulder joint with a prosthesis usually takes about two hours.
How long does it take for a patient to recover after a shoulder replacement surgery procedure?
Generally, the patient can leave the hospital on the first, second or third day after surgery. Patients will need a sling to support and protect the shoulder for the first 2 to 4 weeks after surgery. Patients can continue to do simple activities such as eating, dressing and grooming in two weeks following the surgery. It is expected to have little pain at night and on the movement of the joint for several weeks after surgery.
How much does it cost for a shoulder replacement surgery procedure approximately?
In India, a shoulder replacement surgery procedure costs ranging from INR 160,000 to INR 250,000, depending on the hospital and the facilities they offer.